Synopses & Reviews
The market-leading text for the art history survey course, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has served as a comprehensive and thoughtfully crafted guide to the defining phases of the world's artistic tradition. With this book in hand, thousands of students have watched the story of art unfold in its full historical, social, religious, economic, and cultural context, and thus deepened their understanding of art, architecture, painting, and sculpture. By virtue of its comprehensive coverage, strong emphasis on context, and rich, accurate art reproductions, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES has earned and sustained a reputation of excellence and authority. So much so, that in 2001, the Text and Academic Authors Association awarded both the McGuffey and the "Texty" Book Prizes to the Eleventh Edition of the text. It is the first art history book to win either award and the only title ever to win both prizes in one year. The Twelfth Edition maintains and exceeds the richness of the Gardner legacy with updated research and scholarship and an even more beautiful art program featuring more color images than any other art history book available. The Twelfth Edition features such enhancements as more color photographs, a stunning new design, and the most current research and scholarship. What's more, the expanded ancillary package that accompanies GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES, features a wealth of tools to enhance your students' experience in the course. With each new copy of the book, students receive a copy of the ArtStudy 2.0 CD-ROM--an interactive electronic study aid that fully integrates with the Twelfth Edition and includes hundreds of high-quality digital images, plus maps, quizzes, and more.
"The writing is snappy and engaging, the content is excellent with substantial contextual information including patronage and reception, and the "boxed information" is useful and not just flashy graphics to make the book seem interesting and trendy."
"The superior quality of its photos and illustrations is one of the principal reasons that the Department of Art History has consistently used Art through the Ages."
"Three strengths of Gardner's are: the choice of imagery discussed; the quality and size of the images, and the clarity; and detail of the discussion which includes a strong balance between style and history."
As fascinating as a real visit to the world's famous museums and architectural sites, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY gives you a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated tour of the world's great artistic traditions?plus all the study tools you need to excel in your art history course! Easy to read and understand, this 13th Edition of the most widely read history of art book in the English language is the only textbook that includes a unique "scale" feature (accompanying the book's photographs of paintings and other artworks) that will help you better visualize the actual size of the artworks shown in the book. You'll also find materials that will help you master the key topics quickly and help you study for your exams?for example, "The Big Picture" overviews at the end of every chapter, a special global timeline, and ArtStudy Online (a free interactive study guide that includes flash cards of images and quizzes).
As fascinating as a real visit to the world's famous museums and architectural sites, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY gives you a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated tour of the world's great artistic traditions—plus all the study tools you need to excel in your art history course! Easy to read and understand, this 13th Edition of the most widely read history of art book in the English language is the only textbook that includes a unique "scale" feature (accompanying the book's photographs of paintings and other artworks) that will help you better visualize the actual size of the artworks shown in the book. You'll also find materials that will help you master the key topics quickly and help you study for your exams—for example, "The Big Picture" overviews at the end of every chapter, a special global timeline, and ArtStudy Online (a free interactive study guide that includes flash cards of images and quizzes).
In the mid 1920's a teacher at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago had a vision to provide students and instructors with a textbook that would introduce them to the artistic legacy of not only Europe, but of the entire globe. In 1926, Harcourt Brace and Company published that vision - ART THROUGH THE AGES. Since that time, Helen Gardner's vision has been the leader in educating students about the artistic legacy of the world. For the past 75 years, ART THROUGH THE AGES has defined the introductory art history course. The intention of this classic, in Helen Gardner's words, has been "to introduce the reader to certain phases of art, architecture, painting, sculpture, and the minor arts from the remote days of the glacial age in Europe, through successive civilizations of the Near East, Europe, America, and the Orient, to the twentieth century." Now, as we begin a new millennium, we do so with the eleventh edition. This text is more accessible and easier to read for students, but does not compromise the richness of the Gardner tradition.
About the Author
Fred S. Kleiner (Ph.D., Columbia University) is the author or co-author of the 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th editions of ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY, as well as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions of ART THROUGH THE AGES: A CONCISE HISTORY, and more than 100 publications on Greek and Roman art and architecture, including A HISTORY OF ROMAN ART, also published by Cengage. He has taught the art history survey course for more than three decades, first at the University of Virginia and, since 1978, at Boston University, where he is currently professor of art history and archaeology. From 1985 to 1998, he was editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Archaeology. Long acclaimed for his inspiring lectures and dedication to students, Professor Kleiner won Boston University's Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the College Prize for Undergraduate Advising in the Humanities in 2002, and he is a two-time winner of the Distinguished Teaching Prize in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. In 2007, he was elected fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and, in 2009, in recognition of lifetime achievement in publication and teaching, fellow of the Text and Academic Authors Association. Christin J. Mamiya received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of California--Los Angeles, and is Professor of Art History at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln. A recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities from the University of Nebraska in 2001, Professor Mamiya specializes in the areas of modern, postmodern, and Oceanic art. She has published a book on Pop art, as well as many articles, catalog essays, and book reviews. She is an active participant in the wider community as both a curator and lecturer.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Subjects and Vocabulary of Art History. 1. The Birth of Art: Africa, Europe, and the Near East in the Stone Age. 2. The Rise of Civilization: The Art of the Ancient Near East. 3. Pharaohs, Tombs, and Temples: The Art of Ancient Egypt. 4. Minos and the Heroes of Homer: The Art of the Prehistoric Aegean. 5. Gods, Heroes, and Athletes: The Art of Ancient Greece. 6. Paths to Enlightenment: The Ancient Art of South and Southeast Asia. 7. Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism: The Art of Early China and Korea. 8. Sacred Statues and Secular Scrolls: The Art of Early Japan. 9. Italy before the Romans: The Art of the Etruscans. 10. From Seven Hills to Three Continents: The Art of Ancient Rome. 11. Pagans, Christians, and Jews: The Art of Late Antiquity. 12. Rome in the East: The Art of Byzantium. 13. Muhammad and the Muslims: Islamic Art. 14. From Alaska to the Andes: The Arts of the Ancient Americas. 15. South of the Sahara: Early African Art. 16. Europe after the Fall of Rome: Early Medieval Art in the West. 17. The Age of Pilgrims and Crusaders: Romanesque Art. 18. The Age of the Great Cathedrals: Gothic Art. 19. From Gothic to Renaissance: The Fourteenth Century in Italy. 20. Of Piety, Passion, and Politics: Fifteenth-Century Art in Northern Europe and Spain. 21. Humanism and the Allure of Antiquity: Fifteenth-Century Italian Art. 22. The Beautiful, Spiritual, and Scientific in Art: The High Renaissance and Mannerism. 23. The Age of Reformation: Sixteenth-Century Art in Northern Europe and Spain. 24. Of Popes, Peasants, Monarchs, and Merchants: Art of the Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries in Europe. 25. Religious Change and Colonial Rule: The Later Art of South and Southeast Asia. 26. Incursion, Restoration, and Transformation in East Asia: The Later Art of China and Korea. 27. From the Shoguns to the Present: The Art of Later Japan. 28. The Enlightenment and Its Legacy: Neoclassicism through the Mid-Nineteenth Century. 29. The Rise of Modernism: The Later Nineteenth Century. 30. Before and After the Conquistadors: The Later Native Arts of the Americas. 31. Elders, "Big Men," Chiefs, and Kings: The Arts of Oceania and Australia. 32. Exploration, Colonization, and Independence: Later African Art. 33. The Triumph of Modernist Art: The Early Twentieth Century. 34. The Emergence of Postmodernism: The Later Twentieth Century.